SAT Subject US History Practice Question 312: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 312

23. All the following facts support the thesis that the Puritan society in New England was a theocracy EXCEPT:

A. Only men were allowed to be ministers.
B. Only church members were eligible for political office.
C. Only church members could vote on political issues.
D. Religious dissenters were banished from the colony.
E. Moral offenses were considered civil crimes and punished as such.

Correct Answer: A


The fact that all Puritan ministers were male does not suggest that the church had any authority over the state (the definition of a theocracy).

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